Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present

Live Virtual Auction, 19 February 2024

Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present
About the Session

From Thomas Baines to Jake Aikman, Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present will showcase art by pioneering modernist and trailblazing contemporary artists, spanning 175 years of visual landscape painting on the African continent. This comprehensive auction reveals a nuanced understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and environmental contexts that have shaped artistic representations of the landscape. Through an examination of various themes, the auction seeks to engage viewers in a dialogue that transcends time and space, connecting past representations to contemporary perspectives. The auction attempts to engage with the diversity of artists that have shaped and continue to shape the depiction of Africa through time.

The auction invites viewers on a captivating journey through the artistic expressions that mirror the multifaceted nature of African terrain. Through meticulous  curation and insightful analysis, the catalogue aspires to be a valuable resource for scholars, art enthusiasts and anyone eager to embark on a thought-provoking exploration of Africa’s rich and complex artistic heritage.

Curatorial Voices
Recognising the dynamic discourse surrounding African Landscape, both past and present, the auction features texts by invited contemporary curators responding to the auction selection and themes. As external voices, they provide critical insights into the complexities of the landscape theme. By amplifying these contemporary perspectives, the exhibition seeks to bridge the gap between traditional representations and the ever-evolving discourse on the role of African art within the global art market.

Azza Satti, Independent Curator, Kenya
Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), Nigeria
Camilla van Hoogstraten, Head of Sales, Latitudes Online
Ugoma Ebilah, Curator, Gallerist & Founder of Bloom Art
Nkgopoleng Moloi, Independent Curator, South Africa


Sold for

ZAR 9 967
Lot 80
  • Trudi Dicks; Hawarthia (sic) Lolly, My Garden, My Lollipop Garden series
  • Trudi Dicks; Hawarthia (sic) Lolly, My Garden, My Lollipop Garden series
  • Trudi Dicks; Hawarthia (sic) Lolly, My Garden, My Lollipop Garden series


Lot Estimate
ZAR 4 000 - 6 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 9 967
Location
Cape Town

About this Item

South African/Namibian 1940-
Hawarthia (sic) Lolly, My Garden, My Lollipop Garden series

signed, dated 2008, numbered 2/5 and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin; inscribed with the title, medium and series on the reverse; inscribed with the artist's name, the title and medium on a gallery label adhered to the reverse

colour linocut on paper
image size: 79 by 98cm; 98 by 112 by 3cm including frame

Notes

The print Hawarthia Lolly is based on a succulent endemic to Southern Africa by the name of Hamartia or Haworthia. This cut and linocut print has sharp edges contrasting with subtle painterly printing of the etched areas. Like a plant, which is ostensibly static but abounds in chemical energy, this image is a vibrant entrapment of resonant energy with small cubes seeming to explode away from it into a field of swirling forces. The artist, Trudi Dicks, found the production of this work quite challenging. The My Lollypop Garden series consisted of brightly coloured translucent plastic casts of ceramic sculptures of plants and prints based on the same plants.

The vivid intensity of Dicks' art may be linked on one hand to her integrity and commitment to her subject matter and on the other to her intense engagement with the visual realm as she was born with a hearing impairment.

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